Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The challenge to Mississippi's right-to-discriminate law is not over

Welcome to Mississippi
Monday, the Supreme Court refused to hear two challenges to Mississippi's Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act. The presence of this unconscionable law not only licenses discrimination but encourages discrimination. It permits government employees to refuse service

About 18 months ago, the circuit court put this on hold. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit overturned the lower court on the basis of standing. Litigants are required to prove an actual damage. The law is clear that standing cannot be based on a prospective or hypothetical injury.

Therefore, we can challenge the law again when people are actually discriminated against. This is deplorable, particularly in Mississippi where religion was the pretext for segregation. The state will pay a price for this bigotry.

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